8130Re: [cp] Researching Inside Communities of Practice
- Mar 4, 2009Trevor wrote “one of the original reviewers had asked me to explicitly
identify limitations in the research, and in particular any bias that
might be in the study....”
This is a hard one.
You are being asked here to explore two things: “limitations in research
(method)” and possible bias.
You don’t mention how you have tackled limitations in the method. So I
will assume that you have.
So to bias. You don’t state your method – qualitative, quantitative ..
or mixed. To me the risk arises in a qualitative method from the stance
taken by the interviewer. So are you a fan of CoPs? If so .. did this
show in your question structure, and perhaps in any comments you made as
the interview progressed? From where did your sample originate, and how
was it selected?
I disagree with your claim that”.. that any research conducted of
members of a community of practice will tend to show that they have
passion for what the community of practice is about “. Not all CoPs are
like that. Some are hardly recognised by its members. Did ALL of the
respondents glow in the dark about the attributes of the CoP? Were
there no negatively critical comments? Hadn’t the CoP failed in some
Perhaps digging into the data and analysing aspects related to
homogeneity of the group may be a pointed. Were all members equally
passionate: what would a 5 point Likert scale show? Are they all
equally willing to share – equally engaged? I would doubt it having a
good few years of human experience to call upon.
Stratify your data, and get to levels of micro analysis. You might find
something to balance out what is claimed to be bias
Best wishes from one about to start the data collection
MPhil/PhD Research Student
School of Social Sciences
University of Southampton
Phone: 07976 881013
PS. I would appreciate a copy of your paper on completion. CoPs form a
major approach in my thesis.
Trevor NESBIT wrote:
> Hi everyone
> I am just making the final edits to paper that I have written about the way in which a particular organisation exhibits the characteristics of a community of practice - one of the original reviewers had asked me to explicitly identify limitations in the research, and in particular any bias that might be in the study....
> The (what seems to be now a very obvious) observation that I made in the last hour or so was that any research conducted of members of a community of practice will tend to show that they have passion for what the community of practice is about - which in the academic research world could be seen as being a bias .... but the bias may not be due to a limitation in the research methodology, but in the nature of what a community of practice is (mutual engagement, passion for topic, desire to interact etc etc)....
> Does this make any sense to anyone out there?
> Trevor Nesbit
> Information Systems Lecturer
> University of Canterbury
> New Zealand
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